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Saturday 19 October 2019

Tributes for wonderful individual who got the job done

Chairman Ted Howlin called members of Wexford County Council together for the saddest of reasons on Saturday morning when tributes were paid to Cllr. Pat Cody.

The Labour representative from Enniscorthy lost his battle with cancer at home in Cherryorchard Heights on Thursday. As the chairman reminded everyone in the chamber at Carricklawn, the funeral at the weekend came just a few weeks after Pat Cody was elected vice-chairman of the county council while in the midst of treatment for cancer.

'We have seen a man of great courage over the last few months. He never gave up,' said the chairman as he was first to offer condolences to the councillor's wife Breda and daughter Aislinn. 'We in the Labour party will miss his contribution. This council here will miss his wisdom.'

Cllr. Padge Reck commented on the style of the Kilkenny born Enniscorthy man that he never forced himself on people. His Wexford colleague spoke of the bravery of the dead man.

'I had many chats with him on the phone during the course of his illness,' recalled Cllr. Reck. 'He was aware how sick he was but he wanted to keep going as long as he could.'

Cllr. Jim Moore spoke of the contribution by the deceased to the work of the VEC in Wexford, recalling a man who was never afraid of a challenge and whose on school boards in Enniscorthy and Adamstown was rewarded with approval for building projects.

'Pat had a strong interest in the post primary sector,' said Cllr. Moore. 'He had more than a passing interest in the delivery of quality education, especially programmes for those who operated on the margins.'

'He was someone you would admire,' echoed Cllr. Pat Codd. 'He set an example of how things should be done, a wonderful individual. The dignity with which he coped with illness, we will never forget. He is a major loss to public life.'

Denis Kennedy recalled serving with him on the board of Coláiste Abbáin where he made every effort to attend meetings even when he was not well. Cllr. Denis summed up the Labour man as 'one of the most solid people you were likely to meet in any forum. He will be missed by everyone in public life'.

Kathleen Codd Nolan spoke of someone whose easy manner could not conceal the steel of a man whose passing represented a huge loss for Enniscorthy, 'Pat did not just talk, he got the job done. He was a natural leader in the community, not someone who was in politics to promote himself.'

'He was someone you would admire,' echoed Cllr. Pat Codd. 'He set an example of how things should be done, a wonderful individual. The dignity with which he coped with illness, we will never forget. He is a major loss to public life.'

'Pat was a man of great openness and friendliness,' concluded director of services Tony Larkin who spoke of the shock among council officials at what had happened. 'He worked very hard, even in the depths of his illness. He was a man of great courage.'

The director recalled how Cllr. Cody, though clearly unwell at the time, fulfilled his obligations as chairman of his local Town Council in a ceremony on Vinegar Hill: 'I never heard him complain abut pain or suffering.' A formal vote of sympathy was passed by the meeting which concluded with a minute of silent prayer.

Wexford People

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